Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Sorry We Missed You

Ajyal Competition

Ken Loach / Feature Narrative / United Kingdom, France, Belgium / 2019 / 100 min / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, Social Issues
Middle East Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


Ricky and his family have been fighting an endless struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash, which left them unable to save for a mortgage. An opportunity to wrestle back some semblance of independence appears with a chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a care worker is no easier—with both of them forced into ‘zero-hour’ contract work, void of any real employment benefits or job security. Their relationship is strong, but the strain these circumstances puts on them as a family is palpable as they struggle to keep their heads above water on a tight-rope budget.

A compelling story of escalating misfortunes, ‘Sorry We Missed You’ is a gritty and empathetic portrait of a family desperately trying to make ends meet in modern-day England. The film incisively shows the sometimes-brutal human cost of unbridled economic development, and its enduring tragedy lies in the worrying realisation that no amount of hard work, love and goodwill can save people when the cards are so decidedly and unfairly stacked against them.

About the Directors

Ken Loach attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from ‘Cathy Come Home’ and ‘Kes’ in the sixties to more recently ‘Land and Freedom’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), ‘Looking for Eric’, ‘The Angels’ Share’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016).


Ken Loach
Paul Laverty
Rebecca O'Brien
Jonathan Morris
Production Designer
Fergus Clegg
Executive Producer
Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval
George Fenton
Robbie Ryan
Sales Company
Wild Bunch
Production Company
Kevin Brazier
Assistant Director
David Gilchrist
TELEVIEW International S.A.L.
Kris Hitchen Debbie Honeywood Rhys Stone Katie Proctor Ross Brewster Charlie Richmond Julian Ions Sheila Dunkerley Maxie Peters Christopher John Slater Heather Wood Alberto Dumba Natalia Stonebanks Jordan Collard Dave Turner Stephen Clegg

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